PAPILLON, JEAN BAPTISTE MICHEL. 1698-1776. Traite historique et pratique de la gravure en bois.  Paris: Pierre Guillaume Simon, 1766.

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PAPILLON, JEAN BAPTISTE MICHEL. 1698-1776.
Traite historique et pratique de la gravure en bois. Paris: Pierre Guillaume Simon, 1766.

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PAPILLON, JEAN BAPTISTE MICHEL. 1698-1776.
Traite historique et pratique de la gravure en bois. Paris: Pierre Guillaume Simon, 1766.
3 volumes bound in 2. 8vo (192 x 124 mm). Woodcut portrait of the author, 6 chiaroscuro plates, numerous woodcut headers, vignettes and illustrations in text. Contemporary, spines gilt in 6 compartments, morocco lettering pieces, modern half morocco clamshell box. Rubbed, joints cracked, spine ends chipped, light foxing.

FIRST EDITION of Papillon's comprehensive work on woodcut printing, comprising a history, a technical manual, and a supplement with glossary. The 5 plates in volume II are a suite of progressive prints showing the four separate impressions with different blocks in their respective colors, and a final chiaroscuro print of all four blocks combined. Bigmore and Wyman, p 116.
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